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This is a true classic.
How much ruchi (taste) there is in Rama Nama!
Bhadrachala Ramadasa doesn't tell us. He tells Rama Himself.

Dr. BMK rendering the composition perhaps in the same way the author would have intended.

A quick translation #RamNavamiSpecial #RamaNavami
Rama Nama is sweeter than Madhurasa, yogurt or even ghee.

Ramadasa talks about the sweetest of grapes and sugarcane and says that Rama Nama is sweeter than them too.
In consecutive verses, Ramadasa mentions Periya Thiruvadi (big feet) and Siriya Thiruvadi (small feet).

The name of Pakshi Vaahana (Vishnu on Garuda) is so sweet that it resides in the petals of the heart-lotus of Hanuman.
[Garuda is Vishnu's mount while Hanuman carried Rama]
Even to Sadasiva, chanting the Rama Nama brings Sada Ananda.
To our meaningless mortal existence, Rama Nama brings peace.
#SriRamaNavami #RamNavmi #Ramanavami2023
"Kari raja Prahlada Dharanija Vibhishana" lists Ramadasa, as Bhagavatas (devotees) to whom Bhagavan rushed

(Prahlada, Vibheeshana, Sita and the elephant Gajendra).

He's the Rakshaka in this Tiruppavai painting by @keshav61
This holy Rama Nama that is sweeter than bananas or dates, is chanted by parama bhagavatas such as Narada and Thumburu.

That Rama looks after Bhadrachala Ramadasa with affection.

His Rama Nama is indeed filled with ruchi.
And because we are on the 9th day of the #ChaitraNavratri2023 a special addendum.

Remember Ramadasa saying that Rama nama brings Ananda to Sadasiva?

In the Vishnu Sahasranama, after 1000 names are chanted, Parvati asks Siva +
"Prabhu, I'd like to know if there is an easier way for everyone, including the Pandita (scholars), to get the benefit of chanting these 1000 names."
Siva says, "O Manorama, the name of Sri Rama, chanted continuously as "Rama Rama Rama" is equivalent to chanting the 1000 names"
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